Congratulations to cycling Team Agria! Once again, they’ve conquered the notoriously tough Extra Mile Challenge, and in doing so, raised crucial funds for three exceptional charities – Medical Detection Dogs, Service Dogs UK and Willen Hospice.
Having cycled in relay for three days covering over 500 miles, three countries and tackling daily elevations of around 12,000 feet, Team Agria is now very close to reaching their fundraising target and helping their charities have a great start to 2017.
This was the fourth year that Agria Pet Insurance has taken part in the challenge, and this time three Agria teams went to help raise as much for the charities as they could. Agria’s Angels – the only all-girl team taking part in the event, and the two all-boy teams – Agria Forsakens – who lived up to their name with a team member forsaken through injury, cutting them to a team of just three, and Agria Willens.
Simon Wheeler, Managing Director of Agria Pet Insurance and Team Captain of Agria Forsakens commented, “A daunting challenge! One man down, a crazy distance and some imposing mountains … but a combination of clear blue skies, breath-taking scenery and dogged tenacity saw Team Agria Forsakens acquit themselves admirably arriving in Montreux ahead of the pack.” With just three of them – what an incredible achievement!
Leading the girls’ team for another year, and her 6th Extra Mile Challenge, was Agria’s Partnerships Manager, Lorraine Tannatt Nash: “This year’s event was as tough as any with steep hill after steep hill to climb – at one point taking us up past the very top of a ski lift! The result was the usual combination of sore legs, burning lungs and aching derrières.
“We didn’t help ourselves by riding a stint in full angel regalia; the wings and skirts did nothing for our aero dynamism, but we did get lots of waves and smiles as a result! I’m glad to say that the exceptional camaraderie of the event helped take our minds off the exhaustion, and the pain was a small price to pay to support such incredible charities.”
Dr Claire Guest, CEO of Medical Detection Dogs, says, “Yet again, Team Agria has amazed us all with their fantastic ‘Extra Mile Challenge’ fundraising initiative. A huge well done from everyone at Medical Detection Dogs.”
Every pound raised makes a real difference. For Medical Detection Dogs, this could be towards a £10 collar or a £250 puppy starter kit – ensuring their crucial work can continue.
Dawn Clark, Fundraising Manager at Willen Hospice, said, “We’re absolutely delighted that Agria Pet Insurance chose to support Willen Hospice as one of their charities for the Extra Mile Challenge. We’d like to say a huge well done to everyone who took part and a big thank you again to them all for helping raise vital funds for the care here at Willen Hospice.”
Could you help Team Agria reach their target? See http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/Agria-2016 for more details.
You can also see how the challenge went by visiting the team’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Team-Agrias-Charity-Challenges/723203504361787